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Open Thread 21 “Coming of Age”

September 11, 2009


  1. September 11, 2009 4:12 pm

    Where’s my pound of raisins?

  2. Mary Sunshine permalink
    September 11, 2009 4:21 pm

    Where mine is: still at the health food store. I dare not buy it. If I do, I’ll devour it all at one sitting.

  3. September 11, 2009 4:57 pm

    All the good little patriots are remembering 9-11 today. As if other people have not been killed at the hands of “evil-doers.” For one, I am sure there has now been more men and women murdered in Iraq, a place that had nothing to do with 9-11, than all of the people who were killed on September 11, 2001. And I am sure there has been more people killed by gun violence since 9-11, than all of the people killed on September 11, 2001. Of course there has been far more women killed by men than the number of people who were killed on September 11, 2001. Nevertheless, we must glorify our imperialist might. Let the world know how we will not be scurred, all the while ignoring the cancer that grows within our very bowels.

    Assholes. Fucking hypocrites.

    And Obama standing up there acting like he cares about anything other than how long it will take to get the dog and pony show over with so he can go back to checking the status of his bougie-o-meter.

  4. September 11, 2009 5:07 pm

    God, as many times as I’ve written today’s date, it didn’t register that it was an anniversary. I hadn’t realized people were writing tributes. It’s times like these that I’m glad I don’t read/watch the news.

    Raisins, though. I love those things. I made rice pudding the other day with cinnamon, raisins, slivered almonds, a little coconut, and a shot of bourbon. I ate the last of it this morning. I wish I had more.

  5. September 11, 2009 5:31 pm

    Hey, all kidding aside, I am a greedy gut. I’ll have more rice pudding made by the end of the night. And some fried catfish, too, if I can keep myself from filling up on the rice pudding.

  6. Mary Sunshine permalink
    September 11, 2009 5:48 pm

    World’s oldest known person dies at age 115

    Sep 11, 2009 01:07 PM

    LOS ANGELES – The world’s oldest known person has died in Los Angeles at age 115.

    Dr. Charles Witt says Gertrude Baines died today at a hospital. The doctor says she likely suffered a heart attack but an autopsy will be conducted to confirm the cause of death.

    Baines was born in 1894 in Shellman, Ga. She became the world’s oldest living person when a 115-year-old woman, Maria de Jesus, died in Portugal in January.

    Baines received a letter from the president when she celebrated her 115th birthday April 6.

    • September 11, 2009 6:04 pm

      You know, perhaps in the past I have been too optimistic or just a fool, but I cannot say that I never thought I would see a black man as president in my lifetime. I knew there would be a black man president, eventually. I was thinking more in the 2020s though. I do however, don’t think there will ever be a woman president, white and certainly not black in my lifetime.

  7. Mary Sunshine permalink
    September 11, 2009 5:52 pm

    Nice story on Gertrude Baines, with a good pic of her, and some highlights of her life.

    I like the bit about refusing to wear dentures! 😀

  8. September 11, 2009 7:37 pm

    Tuesday, Sep. 8 2009 @ 9:23PM

    Duvall ran from reporters today in the capitol

    ​SACRAMENTO–Freshmen legislators arriving in Sacramento receive advice from veteran
 politicians about the intricacies of working in California’s capital. One of those tips is to remember that microphones broadcasting legislative debates can also capture embarrassing, career-ending personal admissions if a politician isn’t careful. Michael D. Duvall, Orange County’s 72nd Assembly
District representative, must have forgotten the warning.

    In July–two days after Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Republican leader Sam Blakeslee put Duvall on the Rules Committee that oversees member ethics–the second-term, conservative, Republican assemblyman sat in a public hearing and vividly described lewd details about his trysts with a female lobbyist whose clients had business before another committee on which
 Duvall sits.

    Duvall, speaking to a relatively mum Republican colleague seated to his left, apparently had no idea his dais microphone became live beginning about a minute before the start of a cable-televised committee hearing. He was captured in the middle of recounting portions of an affair.

    “She wears little eye-patch underwear,” said Duvall, who is married with two children. “So, the other day she came here with her underwear, Thursday. And
 so, we had made love Wednesday–a lot! And so she’ll, she’s all, ‘I am going 
up and down the stairs, and you’re dripping out of me!’ So messy!”

    That line may quickly become part of colorful Sacramento political lore. In the meantime, it leads me to a question: Can someone please buy the assemblyman a box of condoms?

    Duvall–who was twice a president of the Yorba Linda Chamber of Commerce, served two terms as mayor of Yorba Linda before entering the assembly in
 2006, and is the owner of an insurance agency–continues his tale: “So, I am getting into spanking her. Yeah, I like it. I like spanking her. She goes, ‘I know you like spanking me.’ I said, ‘Yeah! Because you’re such a bad girl!'”

    He then laughed.

    The assemblyman representing Anaheim, Fullerton, Placentia, Orange, Brea, La
 Habra and Yorba Linda then offered clues to the identity of his sex partner.

    “And so her birthday was Monday,” he said at the Wednesday, July 8 committee hearing. “I was 54 on June 14, so for a month, she was 19 years younger than 
me. I said, ‘Now, you’re getting old. I am going to have to trade you in.’ And she goes, ‘[I’m] 36.’ She is 18 years younger than me. And so I keep
 teasing her, and she goes, ‘I know you French men. You divide your age by 
two and add seven, and if you’re older than that, you dump us.'”

    According to voter-registration records reviewed by the Weekly, veteran Sacramento-based lobbyist Heidi DeJong Barsuglia turned 36 years old on Monday, July 6.

    Legislative sources say they have witnessed Duvall, who is vice chairman of 
the Assembly’s powerful Committee on Utilities & Commerce, socializing after-hours with Barsuglia. Sources–who asked for anonymity because of 
Duvall’s power in the capital–say Susan Duvall usually stays in Orange
 County during the week, when her husband flies to Sacramento. They also say 
they have seen Duvall with Barsuglia in restaurants, “arm-in-arm” at political fund-raising events and even shopping together for groceries just blocks from the capitol building.

    “Their relationship is the worst-kept secret in Sacramento,” a capitol staffer recently told me. “He’s old and fat. She’s hot, blonde and about 20
 years younger. He could have never gotten a woman like that before he got
 this job.'”


    But Duvall wasn’t content to just share one adulterous tale at the July 8 committee hearing. He referenced a second, simultaneous affair with another woman. He seemed amused that he was cheating on both his wife and a mistress.

    “Oh, yeah, Sher, Shar, Shar,” Duvall said. “Oh, she is hot! I talked to her yesterday. She goes, ‘So are we finished?’ I go, ‘No, we’re not finished.’ I go, ‘You know about the other one [Barsuglia], but she doesn’t know about you!'”

    The assemblyman punctuated his observation with laughter.

    During his political career, Duvall has unabashedly espoused conservative
 principles and is known as a partisan Republican with a knack for theatrics:
 He has noisily driven his Harley-Davidson motorcycle to functions. In 2008, 
Duvall blasted efforts to condone gay marriage. Legislatively, he has 
proposed bills to aid the insurance industry and government contractors 
feeding off the state’s massive transportation kitty.

    Such thinking impressed certain constituencies. Earlier this year, the man who never graduated from high school received “100 percent” approval scores 
by the California Republican Assembly, the state’s leading conservative outfit, and the Capitol Resource Institute (CRI), a fierce guardian of traditional family values.

    “Assemblyman Duvall has been a consistent trooper for the conservative causes,” CRI president Karen England announced in March. “For the last two years, he has voted time and time again to protect and preserve family values in California. We are grateful for his support of California

    Acknowledging the CRI award, Duvall observed in a press release that as long as he is in office, he would work to protect “California families” from “constant assault in Sacramento.”

  9. September 11, 2009 8:44 pm

    um, a) quelle surprise that conservative dude is into spanking and b) I am officially having the vomiting-vapors (a new craze I hope to start) as a result of reading the “dripping out of me” line. For real, I don’t know if I’ll ever recover. Talk about a post that could have used a trigger warning – how come it’s only my PTSD that people ever protect me from, and not my OCD shivvers I get from disgusting-ness? I flounce off now to pout, thank you.

  10. September 11, 2009 8:57 pm

    Also –

    Bon voyage to the ol’ lady, bless her heart.

    And I don’t know what it is that makes me still have the feelings I have about 9/11. I mean, everything you say Kitty is true, about all the other deaths and horrors that go on and have gone on, and yet this day is set apart as somehow spectacular.

    I don’t have feelings of patriotism about it, or that somehow those deaths were worse than any others. I think what fucked me up the most about it, and still does, is that I’m telling you I had the gut feeilng that day – something’s off. I don’t mean the obvious, uh planes are flying into buildings, I mean something about the whole thing felt…not-as-it-seemed. Especially the buildings collapsing. And so I had and still have that weird nightmare feeling attached to it – it could and should have been prevented. ugh, the same can be said of any murder/horror/war.

    It’s like – the illogic of it, that’s what is hard for me. The fires in L.A. – could and should have been prevented, at least the one(s) started by arsonists, but it’s not like my brain went “hey it doesn’t make sense that the wind made it spread like this, or that the fire people are having trouble containing it, or that fire itself has, you know, burned some fucking things.” But with the attack, I felt like – it doesn’t make sense, and it still doesn’t to me, to this day. It doesn’t make sense that it all happened, that a government that can send drones to kill strangers thousands of miles away was helpless in the face of four amateur-flown, hijacked planes. It doesn’t make sense that those fires caused those buildings to collapse in the way that they did. And so it’s creepy, and haunts me some what.

    Not that I don’t care about the people who died that day, but that what makes it something that I still think about is the illogic of it, and the to-this-day lack of reasonable explanation. Other than a short while after it happened “oh oops, the CIA and FBI should have talked to each other more!” Uh, no. It was a lot more than that.

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